SAUNDERS JR., HILLIARD ELLIS Dr. Hilliard Ellis Saunders Jr. died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in New Orleans. He was 64 and will be greatly missed. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte. He served with honor in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He studied at Yale University, the University of Paris and earned a master's degree in French and a Ph.D. in romance languages from LSU. He was an author, fluent in four languages and a historian who promoted the study and preservation of French culture in Louisiana. He served as a professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, where he taught French and Spanish. He was a member of the National Association of Scholars and the Louisiana Committee on the French Revolution. He is survived by his wife, Myriam I. Saunders of New Orleans; brother, the Honorable John D. Saunders of Ville Platte; two sons, Dr. J. Jacques Saunders and Henri M. Saunders, Esq., both of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Danielle Saunders Mixon of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren; a stepson, Julian Katz of New Orleans; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte. A memorial Mass will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte.
Published by The Advocate on Dec. 7, 2004.